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Old 06-11-2018, 10:44 AM
 
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https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/07/b...g-economy.html

Uber is part of the myth of the gig economy. Which is how corporations set up ways to make money of something you own such as Uber and Airbnb. You are not an employee and they don't even pay unemployment or their share of social security.
Please count the number of letters in the word "corporation." Note it is not a 4 letter word.
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Old 06-11-2018, 11:16 AM
 
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How many people let alone uber drivers are driving 75k miles a year? And if they are 5k in repairs probably should be expected no? Along with brakes, trans flush or possible replacement and on and on. That is unless you are exaggerating
Sadly Toyota does charge $4400+ for a new Hybrid battery, as those things are only realistically guaranteed for about 150K at a minimum from all the forums Ive read of hybrid cars, though some get lucky and get 2-300K on the original battery.
As for 75K miles, that must be torture driving $6k a month.
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Old 06-11-2018, 11:25 AM
 
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If you want a little spare change on your own terms, it's perfectly fine, but I'd rather never rely on it for my day job.
Only problem with this is the added cost of the correct insurance for ride sharing. My insurance agent said if you even get in a wreck while Uber/Lyft, they would reject the claim and drop you too, as some policy's say no ride sharing allowed.


Thats what stopped alot of people I know from doing it 1-2hrs a day, though mainly the guys I know would factor deprecation from miles as well.
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Old 06-11-2018, 11:39 AM
 
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Have you ever seen a nice taxi? No? Me either so why would you want to turn your car into a taxi?

I recently heard a great one liner describing uber/lift: Its basically organized hitchhiking! You get in a strangers car and go for a ride!
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Old 06-11-2018, 11:42 AM
 
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Sadly Toyota does charge $4400+ for a new Hybrid battery, as those things are only realistically guaranteed for about 150K at a minimum from all the forums Ive read of hybrid cars, though some get lucky and get 2-300K on the original battery.
As for 75K miles, that must be torture driving $6k a month.
https://www.greencarreports.com/news...ent-cost-guide

list of MSRP battery cost details for the various hybrid Toyota models offered since 2001.

2001-2003 Toyota Prius (1st generation) - $3,649
2004-2009 Toyota Prius (2nd generation) - $3,939
2010-2011 Toyota Prius (3rd generation) - $4,080
2012-2015 Toyota Prius Liftback - $3,939
2012-2016 Toyota Prius V - $3,939
2012-2016 Toyota Prius C - $3,807
2007-2011 Toyota Camry Hybrid - $4,892
2012-2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid - $4,892
2013-2015 Toyota Avalon Hybrid - $4,892
2006-2010 Toyota Highlander Hybrid - $6,198
2011-2015 Toyota Highlander Hybrid - $6,353

Consumer reports notes that Prius has gotten some decent life out of original batteries:

Toyota told us that the engineers consider the NiMH batteries in Prius and other Toyota hybrids to be a life-of-the-car component. It could be several owners and hundreds of thousands of miles down the line before the pack requires replacement, at which point the car itself may well be past its prime.

That's backed up by stories like the 300,000-mile Ford Escape hybrid taxis, and Consumer Reports recently tested a 215,000-mile 2003 Prius and found its performance had barely diminished. In the latter, the only component that had needed replacement was a fan belt, at 127,000 mile
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Old 06-11-2018, 11:53 AM
 
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Have you ever seen a nice taxi? No? Me either so why would you want to turn your car into a taxi?

I recently heard a great one liner describing uber/lift: Its basically organized hitchhiking! You get in a strangers car and go for a ride!
How is that any different from getting into a taxi? At least with Uber, you have the driver's photo, the make and model of his car, his license tag number, and can check on other riders' ratings of the driver, before you even get in the car. Moreover, once in, you have a turn-by-turn delineation of the route taken on your phone and captured by Uber should something go amiss. That's more info and protection that you'll ever get by hailing a cab.
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Old 06-11-2018, 11:59 AM
 
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How is that any different from getting into a taxi? At least with Uber, you have the driver's photo, the make and model of his car, his license tag number, and can check on other riders' ratings of the driver, before you even get in the car. Moreover, once in, you have a turn-by-turn delineation of the route taken on your phone and captured by Uber should something go amiss. That's more info and protection that you'll ever get by hailing a cab.

Cab company is licensed by the city/state and the driver is known to them. Cab company has insurance and in most towns are recognizable as a local cab company. Every cab I have been in recently had the drivers picture on the dash or back of seat. Similar to a bus argument, the driver could kidnap you but when was the last time you heard of that happening?

On the other hand, how many silver Camrys are in that same town?
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Old 06-11-2018, 12:10 PM
 
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Ubered one night in Raleigh for 4.5 hours, grossed $48 before expenses. Never drove again.
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Old 06-11-2018, 12:57 PM
 
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Working at McDonalds would probably provide a higher wage. Plus employees get to eat for free or at greatly discounted rates.

Don't have to deal with drunks puking in your back seat either.


Uber/Lyft is for people bad at math. And there's plenty of them to be found.
You don't get any traffic tickets or hit by a drunk driver working the fryer either.
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Old 06-11-2018, 03:55 PM
 
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You have to be pretty bad at Uber to be losing money.

I've got a spreadsheet and make ~$13/hr in a very low cost of living metro area after all depreciation and tax ramifications are factored in.

Is that worth it? If you are unemployed but have a car, absolutely. If you find yourself bored a couple nights a month and need a few extra hundred dollars per month? Sure.

Is it some great career where you will become wealthy? Of course not.

The big draw is being able to work when you want for how long you want. I can't think of too many jobs that require such a low skillset that gives that type of flexibility. Basically none outside of the "gig economy".
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